A Brooklyn company is marketing an at-home rape kit—a variety of swabs and a container to collect saliva—that allows users to gather samples to deliver to a police station or university Title IX office.   But critics note that DNA collection is a small part of a sexual…

Yesterday Alabama lawmakers passed the most restrictive abortion law in America, banning virtually all abortions with no exceptions for victims of rape and incest. Clashing with federal court rulings, Alabama’s law allows only abortions needed to save a mother’s life.  

Today in Cairo, some newborn baby girls will sport blue ribbon pins that look like the Arabic word “no”—showing that their parents are saying no to female genital mutilation, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.  

In the Dominican Republic, where abortion is illegal, Human Rights Watch collected stories to illustrate the impact of the country’s no-exceptions ban on abortion: A pregnant 11-year-old girl, raped by her stepfather, with no choice but referral to prenatal care. A 16-year-…

All the elements are in play for this to be a banner era for sex—so why is America experiencing a “sex recession”?   The percentage of high schoolers who’d had sexual intercourse dropped from 54-40% between 1991 and 2017, according to CDC numbers. And they may not catch up…

Improving access to healthcare for women in India’s “cultural sex work” communities is a fundamental first step to removing their systematic oppression, writes physician Abraar Karan. In this intergenerational form of sex work, prostitution is forced on girls as a family…

Misuse of condoms is hobbling efforts to prevent the spread of HIV in Uganda, according to Uganda AIDS Commission chairman Vinand Nantulya.

In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers in Paris have found evidence pointing to the possibility of Zika transmission from oral sex—or maybe even “deep kissing.” A previously healthy 24-year-old woman presented in February with typical Zika symptoms…

In a forceful Washington Post op-ed, former US President Jimmy Carter rejects the idea that legalizing and regulating prostitution empowers women. Calling prostitution the “oldest oppression”—rather than “profession”—Carter argues that the normalization of prostitution…

The $1.4 billion spent by the US advocating abstinence to prevent AIDS in Africa largely failed. A study by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers published in Health Affairs